Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Basketball: Rodney Hoops / Harbor Impact     Spring 2024

  • Instructor: Rodney Alexander Jr. - the new Girls Basketball Coach for Berrien Springs Public Schools
  • Email:
  • Phone Number: (269) 759-8370      
  • Website:
  • Location: 1400 Jennings Ave, Benton Harbor
  • Format: In-person 
  • ​Masks: Optional
  • Additional registration at location is NOT required. 

Days and times are subject to change prior to the start of the semester

  • ​Grades K-6: Wednesdays 5:00 -6:15 PM
  • Grades 7-12: Mondays 5:00-6:15 PM           
  • Classes begin the week of: Jan. 8 and runs through April 3

Throughout the year we will:

  • Develop sportsmanship, leadership skills and teamwork building
  • Learn and strengthen the fundamentals of basketball including ball handling, passing, footwork, proper shot form, offense-court awareness spacing and IQ, defense footwork, proper stance and movement
  • Improve physical fitness levels
  • Develop lifelong health and fitness habits and goals
  • Build character and social-emotional responsibility
  • Have Fun! 

Rodney Hoops Syllabus

Materials needed:

  • Basketball shoes (gym shoes that are not worn outside)
  • Basketball attire (shorts and t-shirt)

Instructor's Qualifications/Bio:  

  • Played Collegiate basketball at University of Illinois 
  • Played Professional Basketball in various countries 
  • Coach international youth teams.  
  • Developed, organized and ran an Elite Basketball training program. 
  • Host camps, leagues and clinics. 
  • Developed, organized and ran an AAU Program. 
  • Developed, organized and ran a youth basketball league - Jr. Impact League.
  • NCAA certified trainer and coach 
  • Trained multiple athletes that have received various level athletic scholarships including D1 scholarships 

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record: Sara Smothers